Emerson College ended Gallaudet's 3 game winning streak 73-55 to win the Gallaudet Holiday Tournament.
The early part of the game was dominated by Nukeitra Hayes who scored 9 of Gallaudet's first 11 points, and dominated on the boards as well as blocking shots and causing Emerson to misdirect their shots, as Gallaudet jumped to an early 11-7 lead. 9 minutes into the game, both Emerson College and Hayes had 9 points. It stayed close for much of the first half as Hayes scored 15 of Gallaudet's first 21 points as Gallaudet led 21-17 at one point.
From that point on Emerson took over, and went into half-time with a 41-31 lead. In the second half, Emerson held Gallaudet to 8-34 shooting from the field, and held Hayes to 3 points, as Emerson pulled away to win 73-55. Emerson had 4 players in double figures, including tournament MVP Maude Okrah with 16, as well as 13 points and 9 rebounds from Lauren Zaniboni and 11 from Bri Papa, both of which were named to the All-Tournament team.
For Gallaudet, Hayes finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks and was named to the All-Tournament team. Ursa Rewolinski added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
After the game, Gallaudet Head Coach Kevin Cook talked about the importance of staying together and continuing to work hard in practice. "We can't get down about today's game. The first loss of the season is always tough. But we have a good team and we are hard workers. We will practice hard tomorrow and work on a few things and will continue to get better every week. Emerson is a good team that played well together and we need to play the way they do."
Gallaudet is now 3-1 on the season. They play their first road game Wednesday night vs. Capital Athletic Conference opponent Marymount which is ranked 18th in the nation. This will be the first of 5 December road games, including two games in New York December 27 and 29. Gallaudet next plays at home January 7 at 6 pm vs. Hood College.